Former England captain fumed, leaving IPL and playing Pakistan was a big mistake

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Chennai. The England Cricket Board had instructed its players to return midway through the Indian Premier League. Former captain Michael Vaughan believes that England made a mistake by calling back its cricketers from the IPL to play the T20 series against Pakistan. They did not get the experience of playing under pressure in the playoffs which would have been useful in the T20 World Cup.

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England captain Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), Phil Salt (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Will Jacks (Royal Challengers Bangalore) were recalled by the England and Wales Cricket Board for the four-match T20 series against Pakistan, which was criticized by many former Indian cricketers including Sunil Gavaskar. Royal Challengers Bangalore had to be out of the playoffs after losing to Rajasthan in Eliminator 1. Sunrisers Hyderabad team defeated Rajasthan in a one-sided match in Eliminator 2 and showed them the way out.

Vaughan said in the Club Prairie Fire podcast, “International cricket comes first but the pressure in the IPL is no less than that. The pressure these players have to face from fans, owners and social media is huge. By calling the players back, England deprived them of the experience of that pressure. The pressure of the IPL playoffs and the pressure of the audience would have been a much better preparation than playing T20 against Pakistan.”

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He further said, “Especially Salt and Jacques would have learned a lot and their preparation would have become stronger. I am not insulting the Pakistan or England team but there is a lot of pressure in the IPL and its level is better than that bilateral series.”

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